While most Fort Hays State University students enjoyed their holiday break at home, the 2006 FHSU Livestock Judging Team was representing its school in Phoenix, AZ, competing at the Arizona National Livestock Judging Classic against many Division I schools.
The students, directed by livestock judging coach and program specialist Kolby Burch, placed fourth out of eight teams. Texas A&M won the judging contest, followed by Colorado State, Texas Tech, FHSU, Oregon State, University of California-Davis, Montana State and the University of Arizona.
FHSU junior Blake Denton of West Point, NE, led the team individually with a 17th overall finish.
The team departed Sunday, Jan. 8, for the National Western in Denver and will return Sunday, Jan. 15.
Students competing and contributing to the team's success in the Phoenix livestock judging contest are listed by hometown.
Colorado Springs, CO: Roy Webb, freshman.
Dighton: Lacey Shapland, sophomore.
Kersey, CO: Brian Lockman, sophomore.
Niwot, CO: Nick Noterman, junior.
Onaga: Alex Miller, junior.
Red Lodge, MT: Craig Boggio, junior.
Syracuse: Katie Dinkel, junior.
West Point, NE: Blake Denton, junior.